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Motorola Announces Consumer Femtocells

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Feb 7, 2008, 12:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today Motorola announced two new femtocells that are meant to be used in homes to boost indoor wireless performance. The 8000 Series provides simple wireless coverage and plugs into an Ethernet connection to access the mobile operator network via the Internet. The 8100 Series adds functionality, including a 4-port Ethernet gateway, VoIP support, USB ports, and an 802-11 b/g Wi-Fi router. Both are managed by Motorola's NBBS system, and will support WiMax, GSM/UMTS and CDMA operators. No network operators, however, have said they will support or deploy these products.



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Feb 7, 2008, 12:44 PM


What's wrong with wireless carriers, that they can't understand that their customers actually care about technology and would like to see improved service?
I have no idea what's wrong with them. ...to be fair, though, I'd prefer wifi phones that made calls over my wireless network. :-)
Actually Sprint is using FemtooCell except the device is provided by Samsung. The service is called Airave and right now is still in test phase in Denver and Indiannapolis market.

What I like about Sprint Airave is you don't have to use a special p...
im with you, 1.9ghz isnt exactly a frequency that can work well in buildings!

Feb 7, 2008, 5:41 PM

Band plan when using TDMA GSM?

While I can see this working in CDMA and UMTS environments with little trouble, can someone explain to me how one would integrate hundreds of tiny little GSM transmitters into an existing band plan? How would you keep all of these devices from:

a) creating tons of noise on the band in general, especially in dense areas

b) accidental reuse of a GSM channel, causing interference in random time slots at the tower and a failed handoff?
Yes. I can. I just choose not to. 🤤
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